Macaulay at The Porter School of Environmental Studies – Tel Aviv, Israel | Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay at The Porter School of Environmental Studies – Tel Aviv, Israel

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Dates: June 10 – July 19, 2019

Macaulay Honors College and Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Sciences is again offering a study abroad program during the summer 2019 session. Tailored just for Macaulay students, the program consists of one – four credit course focused on sustainability, combined with carefully planned living and learning opportunities, trips and cultural experiences. Ten students will be selected to participate in this program.

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Dates: June 10 – July 19, 2019

Macaulay Honors College and Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Sciences is again offering a study abroad program during the summer 2019 session. Tailored just for Macaulay students, the program consists of one – four credit course focused on sustainability, combined with carefully planned living and learning opportunities, trips and cultural experiences. Ten students will be selected to participate in this program.

Students selected for the program will have the full program cost covered by an Enhanced Opportunities Fund, including, tuition, housing, health insurance, airfare, site visits, and meals. A group flight will be arranged by Macaulay.

Not included in the program costs are incidental costs, daily ground transportation, international phone costs, dorm supplies, books expenses, and required travel documents (e.g. Passport). These expenses will be self-paid.

Students will be staying steps away from the classroom in the Einstein Dorms on the Tel Aviv University campus.

Participation in this program will count as a Macaulay student’s one-time usage of the Opportunities Fund.

  • Estimated Program Cost: $7500|Includes: Application Fee, Confirmation Fee, Tuition, Dorms, Meals, Airfare, Course Materials and In-Country Round-trip Ground Transportation to/from the University.
  • Students selected for the program will have the full program cost covered by an Enhanced Opportunities Fund (if no prior Opportunities Fund use).
  • Students can also opt to self-fund the cost of the program.
  • Open to Macaulay students only.
  • Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022.
  • No prior use of the Opportunities Fund.*
  • No prior participation in a Macaulay-funded experiential learning program (study abroad, service, internship, fieldwork, research, etc.) that takes place any time after 8/31/18.
  • Students must meet all Opportunities Fund eligibility criteria as listed on page 13 in the Opportunities Fund Guidelines.
  • Students must notify their local campus Study Abroad Office about their participation in this program.

You can apply through the Opportunities Fund application beginning on March 19.  Deadline to apply March 25 at 5pm.

Application requirements:

  • A 2-3 page statement of justification: explain your goals in studying the scientific and civic issues surrounding the environment and urban sustainability in Israel. What makes you interested in this subject, and why do you want to study it specifically in Israel?
  • Students will register for a non-CUNY study abroad permit to receive credit from the Tel Aviv University.
  • Students must notify their local campus Study Abroad Office about their participation in this program.

Download the Israel and Sustainability course syllabus 2018-2019

A One Planet Israel? – Local and Global Sustainability
Environmental issues, in Israel and around the world, have undergone a transformation in the last 2 decades. From esoteric interests of a peripheral ideological group, they have become business models, policy frameworks and patterns of life and behavior, concerning governments, cities and people across the world.

The purpose of this course is to investigate the Environmental Crisis, its consequences and solutions, in general and with a special focus on Israel. The course will be divided into three parts. In the first part of the course basic concepts will be introduced. This will include the environmental and climate crisis, and implications for social, political and economic arenas with a special emphasis on the urban and local arenas. The second part will be dedicated to Israel, analyzing changes in the environment, and resulting policy and local actions. The third part of the course will examine issues relating to business, production and consumption, and their interaction with sustainability, through the concept of sustainability and the “One Planet Living” model.


 

Dr. Orli Ronen is the head of the Urban Innovation and Sustainability Lab, at the Porter School of Environmental and Social Studies, Tal Aviv University. The Lab is a cooperation between the Porter school and Tel Aviv Municipality, enabling graduate students to work directly with policy actors in local authorities, helping them use environmental data to devise new sustainability programs and policies for their local area. Previously, she headed the Heschel Center for Sustainability, one of Israel’s leading environmental and social NGO’s. She founded the Heschel Center’s Local Sustainability Center, a joint project with the Porter School, the Ministry of the Environment and ICLEI. Orli’s research and policy interests included sustainable and smart urban communities, climate resiliency and expansion of local democratic mechanisms.  She holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Tel Aviv University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. She is the 2009 recipient of the Green Globe for Local Sustainability.

Below is a list of tentative excursions/site visits.

Student Experience

“Tel Aviv offers innumerable opportunities to explore and learn about sustainability and the ways in which you can contribute to initiatives geared towards protecting our environment. Ultimately, I fell in love with Israel’s extensive history and rich culture and the sunsets over the Mediterranean will take your breath away.”

– Nicholas Lung, ‘17, John Jay College

“One of my favorite parts of the program was touring cities in Israel.  It was incredible to apply the new knowledge I learned from class to these locations. It was amazing to experience, learn, and live in the Israeli culture.  I was also able to improve my Hebrew language skills.  I’m so happy I participated in this summer abroad program and was able to become friends with people from other Macaulay colleges.”

– Michelle Teitelbaum, ’18, Hunter College

 

“What I liked most about the Tel-Aviv study abroad program, was the welcoming environment at Tel Aviv University. The professors and madrichim were accommodating of all the international students. I didn’t get to just learn about Israel, I also made connections with people from all over the world.”

– Tiffany Christian, ’17, City College

Will the course that we take abroad get transferred back as honors courses that fulfill the Macaulay Honors Course Requirement?
The courses would be transferred back, and the sustainability course may fulfill the Honors Course Requirement

Do I have to be an urban sustainability major to join this program?
No. All majors are welcome.

Are there pre-requisites to enroll in the program or courses?
No, there are no pre-requisites.

What are the living arrangements and do the classes satisfy any requirements?
Students will be housed in dorms (new and nice) at Tel Aviv University (walking distance to all campuses with kitchens). Students may dorm with non-Macaulay students.  The classes may satisfy requirements, depending on the students’ majors. The sustainability course may fulfill the Honors Course Requirement.

What should I bring on the trip?
See the recommend packing list and pre-departure checklist here.

As an out-of-state student, can I use my Opportunities Fund to pay for this?
Yes, you can utilize your Opportunities fund, but will have to pay tuition.

Is it possible to do this program without utilizing the Opportunities Fund?
Probably, yes, if you want to look for other funding sources or pay out of pocket.

What safety measures are in-place on the Tel Aviv University campus?
The Tel Aviv University (TAU) has robust security procedures in place that require anyone visiting the campus to show identification and possibly have their bags searched. TAU also requires all study abroad program participants to carry a mobile phone with an Israeli number so that TAU staff can contact students in case of an emergency. For more information on TAU’s safety guidelines, click here.


If you have additional questions, please contact:

Veronica Maldonado

Veronica Maldonado
Assistant Dean for Student Services

Macaulay Honors College
veronica.maldonado@mhc.cuny.edu
(212) 729-2949(212) 729-2949
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